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Benue: Six First Class Chiefs Appointed Despite Controversies

John Shiaondo, Makurdi

Despite Controversies surrounding the proposed First Class chiefs in Benue state, Governor Gabriel Suswam has confirmed appointment of six chiefs out of ten earlier proposed.

The Union recalled that one Barr. Benjamin Adanyi had received an injunction stopping the state governor and eight others from continuing with the implementation of the Benue Chieftaincy and Traditional Council Law passed by the state assembly.

The incoming government led by Dr. Samuel Ortom had on its part, on several occasions warned the outgoing government to stay action on some salient issues such as the implementation of the chieftaincy law, conduct of the local government election, promotion of worker among others.

But governor Suswam in an interview recently in Government House stated that he had   never seen any court injunction from anybody to that effect.

Announcing the newly appointed chiefs, Secretary to the Tiv Traditional Council Mr. Torsar Shinyi in a statement noted that the selection of traditional rulers was based on the provision of the law saying they have merited the positions.

He named the six First Class Chiefs selected mainly from the Tiv speaking area of the state to include; Chief Ambrose Iortyer for Tor Kwande, Chief Ajoko Afatyo, as Tor Jemngbagh; Chief Goddy Ikyereve, Tor Gwer; Chief Moses Anageende for Tor Lobi; Chief J T Uganden for Tor Jerchira and Chief Terkula Suswam for Tor Sankera respectively.

He said the Tiv Traditional Council headed by the Tor Tiv Or’ Chivirigh Akawe Torkula and Chairman Benue State Traditional Council had Monday in his Palace submitted to the governor the list.

A top government official who spoke to THE UNION on condition of anonymity pointed out that the bill that gave rise to the appointment of the first class chiefs in the state has been endorsed by the majority of stakeholders and the general public through public hearing before the bill was sent to the state assembly for hearing.

“Even in the state assembly it went through first, second and third reading, in fact it passed through a normal legislative process and was finally consented to by the state government.”

He described the attempt by those he referred to as descendent ‘law makers’ who duly participated in the process of passing the bill into law but fighting to scuttle its implementation as not only anti people but unpatriotic.

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